According to the Justice Department, a number of notable families and business leaders in St. Bernard Parish are under investigation for paying bribes and giving gifts to Louis-Xavier Martin, the ringleader of the bribery scheme, to get their children into Nunez Community College. While the investigation is focused on St. Bernard Parish, families from as far away as Kenner, Slidell, Marrero, and Buras are part of the probe.
It is alleged that students were accepted after ice chests full of shrimp, crabs, redfish, and even beer changed hands. Investigators said one family offered a pair of rhinestone-encrusted shrimp boots for a slot in the fall semester of 2017. Another offered a double-wide rent-free for a year. Seven students were accepted on athletic scholarships for a fictitious “synchronized flatboat team.”
After actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were busted in the college admissions bribery scandal, rumors began swirling that actor and local icon John Goodman had offered to buy Louis-Xavier Martin a new boat trailer to get his nephew’s YAT scores increased. However, the Justice Department vehemently denied the rumors and said the longtime actor is a “good man.”
While federal agents continue their probe, officials at Nunez are investigating students said to be tied to those parents participating in the scheme and will have a very stern talking to with anyone who defrauded the highly competitive application process.
Other schools allegedly targeted by parents and business leaders but not involved in the college admissions bribery scandal include South Central Louisiana State University, Blue Cliff College of Metairie, South Harmon Institute of Technology, and the Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending.
NGN will have updates as this story unfolds.